Prior to the official March 15 release, JT gave fans an opportunity to listen to his latest album early. I spent the last two days listening to the album while designing at work.
Before hearing the full album I had already heard Suit & Tie, Mirrors, and Pusher Love Girl so my hopes were high. After the first listen to all 10 tracks I had mixed reviews. I felt as though the 3 songs I had already heard were the only standouts on the album. The others seem to either drag on, become repetitive, or I heard Timbaland one too many times in the background.
That said, however, certain albums have a tendency to grow on me after a couple run throughs. The most recent I can think of is Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE. The more and more I listened to that album the more I fell in love with it. After the third time The 20/20 Experience finally came around for me. I began to appreciate the nuance of the horns in the background, JT’s effortless falsetto, and his maturity as an older man post Futuresex/Lovesounds.